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Jon Stebbins

Jon Stebbins is a California-based musician and author of four books about The Beach Boys, as well as two other books.

Music career

Stebbins was a member of a music band called 'The Point' which was active on the Los Angeles club circuit from 1979 to 1985.[1] The Point were often described as part of L.A.'s psychedelic revival scene known as the Paisley Underground. They released a self-titled four song EP in 1981 that was described by the L.A. Times as having a "purity of intent that recalls the haunting resonance of pre-psychedelic Northern California groups like The Beau Brummels."

The Point released a full length album in 1983 called Magic Circle, (not to be confused with the 2005 album of the same title by Wizard.) The record was produced by Vitus Matare of The Last and recorded at Radio Tokyo studio in Venice, California and released on the Warfrat label. Magic Circle was also released in Europe in 1984 on the Lolita label. One of its songs, "All My Life" which was co-written by Stebbins was included in a 2006 episode of the Gilmore Girls television show.

Published works

Stebbins' first book, on the subject of Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson is entitled Dennis Wilson, The Real Beach Boy.[2] Published in 2000, the book was ranked as the number two bestseller in MOJO magazine for that year.[3]

In 2007 Virgin Books Ltd, London, published The Lost Beach Boy, which Stebbins wrote with David Marks, one of the early members of the Beach Boys, and which tells the story of Marks' time with the band in 1962-1963, as well as Marks' experiences after he left the Beach Boys in late 1963.

Stebbins has also written The Beach Boys FAQ - All That's Left To Know About America's Band, an extensive reference style book for Backbeat Books which was published in September 2011.

Stebbins' fourth book on the Beach Boys was published in June 2013 by Backbeat Books. Co-written with Ian Rusten the book is titled The Beach Boys In Concert - The Complete History of America's Band On Tour and Onstage and is an unprecedented day-by-day journal of the group's 50 year touring history.

In October 2012 Stebbins' first non-Beach Boys book was published, titled It Happened At Chez Jay's chronicling the history of a legendary Santa Monica restaurant and bar, and the colorful life of its playboy owner Jay Fiondella. Stebbins' sixth book is scheduled for publication in spring 2015 titled Vinyl Record Collecting Faq which is another in the Backbeat Books FAQ series.

Other media contributions

Stebbins contributed liner notes to the 2008 Legacy Edition CD release of Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue which was Rolling Stone magazine's 2008 reissue of the year. He has also worked as a creative contributor to television shows airing on BBC including the documentaries The Beach Boys- Wouldn't It Be Nice and Queen - The Days Of Our Lives, as well as two multi-episode series The Secret Map of Hollywood and I'm In A Rock And Roll Band. Stebbins is also co-producer of the BBC television documentary Legends- Dennis Wilson, The Real Beach Boy.[4]


  1. ^ "The point of "The Point" is not the point". Retrieved July 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ Dennis Wilson, The Real Beach Boy on
  3. ^ "2008 Edition". The Real Beach Boy. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  4. ^ Stebbins, Jon (2007). The Lost Beach Boy. London: Virgin Books Ltd. pp. 1–254. ISBN 978-1-85227-391-0. 

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